PACK, HOMER BRANSFORD, JR., Sergeant, # 19084029, USAAF
Homer B. Pack Jr. was born in 1922 in Colorado to Homer B. Pack (1896-1944) (Alabama) and Grace Bruce (Roehrig) Pack (1897-1976) (PA) (married 21 May 1921, Denver, CO). Siblings included Robert Frederick Pack (1924-2005) (AZ). His father was a civil engineer.
He enlisted in the USAAF in San Francisco, California, on 14 April 1942 and had completed two years of college. He was trained as an armorer and gunner for the B-29 Superfortress. It was as Senior Gunner he was serving when killed. During 15 to 16 June 1944, a 20th Air Force, 58th Bombardment Wing, 468th Bomb Group, 792nd Bomb Squadron, Kharagpur A.A.B., India, a B-29, # 42-6231, departed the airfield at Pengshan, China, and was lost. The bomber on the Yawata, Japan, raid, crashed about 100 miles north of the Pengshan, China. No bombs were found in the wreckage, thus it was returning from its mission when it crashed. The crash occurred at 1450 Zulu, 11 miles northeast of Kiangyu, China, on 15 June 1944. The bomber crashed into a sheer cliff and exploded. There were 19 aircraft in the attack on Yawata; 42-6231 was the 17th bomber to depart on the mission. Position reports placed the aircraft well north of the plotted course. The last report was 115 miles northeast of Pengshan. On 20 June 1944, a search party reached the crash wreckage; the Chinese found the radio operator’s log which contained the last three digits of the aircraft number “##-#631. Weather was not a factor in the crash. His remains were recovered in China. Indistinguishable from other crewmen remains, they were buried together in a group (ten remains – Aeh, Akins, Barrett, Gilman, Lund, Mann, Munoz, Pack, Robertson & Witcher) three-casket burial in the Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Arkansas, on 15 September 1949 (Sec. 2, Graves 765 & 766).
His brother, Robert F. Pack, born 26 December 1924, enlisted 22 June 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II as an ET1c (# 8866863). He died 6 June 2005 and is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California. He served on the U.S.S. Hermitage (AP-54) (former Italian Passenger Liner, S.S. Conte Biancamano). She had been seized by the U.S. in the Panamanian port of Cristobal. She served in Operation Torch for the North African invasion, took part in South Pacific operations and Operation Overlord. After V-E day, she transported allied servicemen and OWs to the U.S. His father, Homer B. Pack, born 5 April 1896, served in the U.S. Navy during WW I and was an Aviation Machinists Mate. He died 8 October 1944.